The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Produced by Michael G Wilson & Barbara Broccoli

Directed by Michael Apted

Screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Bruce Feirstein; story by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade

James Bond played by Pierce Brosnan

 

THE VILLAIN:    Victor Zokas AKA Renard (Robert Carlyle) - global anarchist, terrorist who kidnapped and fell in love with Elektra King, shot in the head by 009; the bullet, lodged in Renard's brain, is slowly killing him, having shut down the pain receptors, allowing him to push himself harder than any other human.

                            Elektra King (Sophie Marceau) - daughter of Sir Robert King and an Azerbaijani oil heiress, kidnapped by Renard, supposedly escaped after shooting two of her captors in Cyprus, heir to her father's oil fortune, dedicated to completing an important Asian-European oil pipeline.

 

SUB-VILLAINS:    Mr Lachaise (Patrick Malahide) - corrupt Swiss banker working in Bilbao, Spain; in league with Renard.

                                Cigar Girl (Maria Grazie Cucinotta) - beautiful assassin working for Renard.

                                Sasha Davidov (Ulrich Thomsen) - Chief of Securities for King Industries.

                                Bull/Bullion (Goldie) - enforcer for Zukovsky, but secretly working for Renard.

                                Gabor (John Seru) - bodyguard for Elektra.

 

VILLAIN'S PLOT:    Elektra intends to destroy Istanbul by exploding a nuclear submarine in the Bosphorus, thus forcing the world to rely on Elektra's pipeline.

 

BOND WOMEN:    Dr Molly Warmflash (Serena Scott Thomas) - medical officer for MI6.

                                Dr Christmas Jones (Denise Richards) - beautiful physicist working with the International Decommissioning Agency, helping to dismantle excess atomic weapons in the former Soviet Union.

 

BONDS ALLIES:    Sir Robert King (David Calder) - read law at Oxford with M, married an Azerbaijani oil heiress, assassinated at MI6 headquarters, father of Elektra King.

                                Valentin Zukovsky (Robbie Coltrane) - Russian crime boss who now owns a casino and caviar factory in Baku, occasionally provides equipment for Elektra, now his nephew is providing her with a nuclear submarine.

 

THE BOND TEAM:    M (Judi Dench) - new head of MI6, steel-nerved bureaucrat known to some as 'the evil queen of numbers', who does not like Bond's methods, but realises his necessity.

                                    Miss Moneypenny (Samantha Bond) - M's assistant, who enjoys a flirtatious relationship with 007.

                                    Q (Desmond Llewelyn) - the creator of Bond's lethal gadgets, aka Major Boothroyd.

                                    R (John Cleese) - the 'young fellow' Q is grooming for his replacement.

                                    Charles Robinson (Colin Salmon) - Senior Analyst for field operations at MI6.

 

BOND'S GADGETS:    Reading glasses with trigger for 007's Walther P99 pistol to explode with a blinding flash; jet-powered Q boat with afterburner, bullet-proof armour-plated hull, submarine function, auto-mapping GPS computer, dry land steering and propulsion, forward launching torpedoes; ski jacket with concealed inflating protective globe; BMW Z8  with the latest in interception counter-measures, equipped with titanium armour, multi-tasking heads-up display, key fob that drives the car via remote control, outrigger land-to-air guided missiles; X-ray eyeglasses; Visa card lockpick; Omega Seamaster wristwatch with miniature grappling hook and motorized lifting cable.

 

LOCATIONS:    Bilbao, Spain; London; Scotland; Baku, Azerbaijan; Kazakhstan; Caspian Sea; Istanbul.